My wife and I moved over the last weekend. We moved into this 'burbs of Fayetteville NC (Home of the 82nd airborne, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, among other elite organizations).
This place, Hope Mills, is a nice little town with a few odd aspects I have not ever found in all of my travels to this point.
In our neighborhood, a collection of, easily, 200 houses of various shapes and sizes (all one-story, none of 1600 sq ft) it is a quiet place to live.
Too quiet, too calm, and too lifeless. It's friggin eerie!
Saturday we were moving into our place and as the movers unloaded the truck, I looked around the neighborhood and though there were cars parked in the driveways, no one ventured outside. Usually, in places that I have lived, on Saturdays... well, this was the time to venture out. Work on the yard, car maintenance, heck, just sit on the porch or walk around the nieghborhood.
It wasn't like it was 20 degrees below zero that day (it was a "balmy" 55 degree sunshiney day), or that it was a bad section of town or a bad neighborhood. Far from it.
No one was around! There was no life.
On top of that, I noticed something else unusual.... all of the lawns were well kept, and no individuality to hardly any of them. No personal touches, no individual flair. Yards were bare of anything. That was odd too.
This was like an episode straight out of the Twilight Zone. A town full of houses and cars, but no people. The few people you did see drive by never made eye contact.
You'd figure with a big-ass moving truck in a drive way one would have a modecum of curiosity to look, to take a quick glance at the big-ass moving truck in the driveway. But nope... no one made eye contact. They sped through without a single glance or peek in our direction.
Odd. Very odd and disconcerting, especially for a people person like me.
I went to a local store and I asked, "Whats the deal with Saturday looking so lifeless?"
One guy quipped that maybe most people partied hard the night before and everyone was sleeping it off. I find that hard to believe, and a little concerning if true, but hey.... that was one possible explanation.
I wondered if perhaps a large contingent of soldiers were called away... you know, other parts of the world and such. That would be a fine explanation.... but then what about their families? Those with significant others, surely they'd have some kinfolk in those houses to venture out to do stuff, right?
Perhaps it was simply because it was a holiday weekend.... most people were away visiting family and friends. Maybe next weekend it will be more of what I was expecting.
Or maybe, maybe the aliens came and scopped 'em all up.
Or maybe we just caught up in some odd experiement by the army.... let these nice folk move in... then get rid of everybody else and see how they react. lol
Odd, just plain odd